West breaks down during Paris concert

PARIS, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Recording artist Kanye West, whose mother died earlier this month, broke down in tears as he tried to perform "Hey Mama" in Paris last weekend.

West was almost to the end of his concert at Le Zenith when he said, "This song is for my mother. ..." then was overcome with emotion.


"He just cracked," one member of the sold-out crowd told People magazine. "He was at the end of his concert and had just started to dedicate the song and then he just lost it completely."

"He said the word, 'mother' and just couldn't go any further," Le Parisien journalist Meddy Magloire told People. "A back-up singer, the DJ and a guitar player came over to console him. It looked like he might collapse. He just couldn't continue. He just stood there in a spotlight, crying while the band continued playing."

When West walked off the stage, fans reacted by yelling words of encouragement and applauding.

He returned a short time later to perform a new song, "Stronger."

"He kept shouting out to the audience, 'I need you ... I need you right now,' and the public was screaming back. It was magic," Magloire said.

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